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Youth Leadership in Prevention (YLP) programs in schools empower students (grades 6-12) to create peer-to-peer supports, prevention messaging, and programming that decreases drug and alcohol use while promoting mental wellness. These programs are student-led but adult-supported. The YLP students are empowered to identify problems and supports that fit the culture of their school community, though each program must include a drug and alcohol prevention component.

Youth Leadership in Prevention Applications for the 2024-2025 school year are live!
Please review the application toolkit below to ensure you are eligible for this year's program. The Request for Proposals shares best practices and tips from the grant reviewers to help enhance an application. Applications will be due at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.

Application Toolkit:


For any questions about the application, please reach out to MCPC Manager Colleen Oakes at


The program's goal is to train student leaders on the importance of prevention in schools and empower those leaders to facilitate peer-to-peer conversations that reach the larger student population. As a partof their YLP program, advisers assist students as they learn the science and importance of prevention, the data related to substance use and mental health issues in Montgomery County, and proventechniques to mitigate substance use and mental health disorders.Students also review and understand various mental health and substance use disorders, learn strategies to implement prevention programs and messaging, and understand best practices in peer-to-peer communication.

Congratulations to the 2023-24 YLP Schools!

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